Finding Good Cars for Big People

January 27, 2012

Finding cars for big people can be difficult as there is only so far you can move a seat back or adjust the steering wheel.  While it may take some time to locate them, there are cars that are much better suited to big and tall people such as trucks and SUVs. A few things to check when looking for a car is the amount of room in the rear seat behind the driver's seat, a large enough foot well to move comfortably and enough room behind the steering wheel. Te driver should be about 12 inches away for the air bag to allow it to work effectively.

Factors to Check

The most important thing for a taller and bigger driver is the slope of the windshield. If the slope is not correct, you will be looking at the reflection of the sun or the roof rather than a clear view of the road.  You need to sit in the car to determine if the slope is good for you. The lateral space is also important and is mostly influenced by the center console. You should not feel wedged or pressed up against the console.

When looking at vertical space you actually need to take into account the thickness of the seat, not just the measurement from the floor to the ceiling. Sunroofs and electric motors can use up inches. Their presence is not taken into account when you are given the vertical height measurement.

The horizontal space takes into account the tilt of the steering wheel, pedal size and spacing. There are many factors that affect this space. You need to be able to get in and out of the car comfortably. You also want to be able to have your arms in a comfortable position so you do not lose circulation during a long drive. Aside from the space between the pedal and the seat, to be assured of sufficient legroom you need check the pitch of the seat and the adjustments that are available.

Tests to Check the Car

There are several quick and easy tests you can use to determine if the car is comfortable for your size. To determine the proper head room, use the fist test. Make a fist and put it on the top of your head. If it easily fits between the roof and your head there is enough headroom. If you can look down between your arms and see your both of your legs in equal proportions then you have enough legroom and proper leg alignment.

Another test includes putting your hands in front of you as if you are praying.  Point your fingers out perpendicular to your chest. If they are pointing at the center of the steering wheel than the alinement is proper for your size and height. Take note of your actions as you get out of the car. With your foot on the curb, notice the slope of your thigh. If it is sloping up then the seat pitch is not correct. If the seat cannot be adjusted to correct this, you may need to consider a vehicle that sits higher on the road such as an SUV.

Keep Looking Until You Find a Good Model

If a car should fail a test, move on to another model until you find one that is correct for your size. There are models of every type of car that can comfortably fit a big person. It just may take a little longer to find the right one.


Related Questions and Answers

Which Cars Come with the Most Legroom?

There are four cars with the most legroom in the upscale luxury class. They are the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord EX, Chevy Malibu and Chrysler Charger. All of them are in the $25,000 to $30,000 price range, depending on equipment. Generally, these vehicles not only have the most legroom of any sedans, they also have more space than many SUVs on the road. It's because the design of the sedans take full advantage of the placement of the wheels as they are placed at the outer edges of the platform, and the passenger compartments are then designed in between the wheels.

What is the Average Vehicle Weight Limit for a 4 Door Sedan?

Vehicle weight limits you must know, not only specify the number of people you will be carrying, but the amount of luggage in the trunk, plus any other sundry items that may be in the cab. For Detroit purposes, maximum car weights are figured with five (or six, depending on the front seat) six-footers, that weigh about 210 pounds. This means that starting off, you are at 1,250 pounds, plus clothing for a weekend away, as well as things like a spare tire and other equipment. So, an average car has a dry curb weight of 2,450, a fueled weight of 3,200 pounds with passengers and luggage. Its total weight would be 3,800 pounds. This is the weight limited for a 4-door sedan.

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